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University Centre

South Essex College is proud to offer 19 full honours degrees and higher national diplomas (HNDs) at University Centre Southend and University Centre Thurrock.

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The College's degrees are accredited by three reputable institutions; the University of East Anglia (UEA), the University of the Arts London (UAL) and the Open University. Our BTEC HNC/D qualifications are awarded by Pearson.

UEA is known for its world-leading research and outstanding student experience, it was awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework and is a leading member of Norwich Research Park, one of Europe’s biggest concentrations of researchers in the fields of environment, health and plant science.

UAL is Europe’s largest specialist arts and design university. UAL has launched the careers of many creative and cultural leaders, including more than half of all Turner Prize nominees and over half of the designers named British Designer of the Year.

The Open University has a reputation for providing flexible programmes for adults.

The College’s Costume Construction degree has been set-up in partnership with the Royal Opera House (ROH), and is based at High House Production Park in the Bob and Tamar Manoukian Costume Centre, which is home to ROH’s collection of 20,000 costumes and wigs.

The College offers degrees in art and design, business, construction, early years, engineering, health and social care, media, performing arts, science, sport and teaching. Check out our Course Finder to search for your perfect degree programme.

The Forum Southend-on-Sea

The Forum Southend-on-Sea is a £27 million ultra-modern library and learning zone located opposite our Southend Campus. It boasts a superbly stocked integrated municipal and academic public library, a modern teaching facility for South Essex College which supports the delivery of our Higher Education courses, a learning space for the University of Essex, the Focal Point Art Gallery, a 200-seat lecture theatre and refreshment facilities. Find out more about The Forum.

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University of the Arts London (UAL)

The University of the Arts London offers an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. Its graduates go on to work in and shape creative industries worldwide. The university draws together six renowned colleges, each with its own world-class reputation, including Central Saint Martins. Each has a long established, global reputation for producing outstanding work.

University of East Anglia (UEA)

UEA is world-renowned for excellence both in learning and research. With alumni including Booker Prize-winning authors Ian McEwan, Kazuo Ishiguro and Anne Enright, the university ranks in the world top 1% according to the Times Higher Education world rankings 2015/16 and was also rated 12th in the in the prestigious Complete University Guide league table in 2017.


Building on their extensive body of applied research, Pearson's experts design, and our tutors deliver programmes that empower learning. This year over 100,000 students in the UK and worldwide will choose an HNC or HND to help them progress in their career. A Pearson's-accredited qualification is recognised by employers globally.

The Open University

The Open University has provided learning programmes for over two million students. Its programmes are respected and recognised by employers and educational institutions world-wide. The CertEd and PgCE programmes offer practice-focused qualifications suitable for people working, volunteering or seeking to further their career in the education sector.